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AIFF set to make ISL India's top league

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) is set to make the Indian Super League (ISL) the top football league in the country, superseding the I-League, from the 2019-20 season, even as seven I-League clubs have promised legal action when such a decision is formally announced by AIFF.

A top AIFF source told ESPN that the AIFF were "contract-bound" as per their 2010 Master Rights Agreement with Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL), to make the ISL the "most senior and prestigious" league of...

By ESPN Staff

I-League clubs fined for Super Cup pullout

The All India Football Federation's (AIFF) Disciplinary Committee imposed a fine of Rs 10 lakh each on five I-League clubs, including former champions Aizawl FC and Minerva Punjab FC, while East Bengal were told to pay Rs 5 lakh on Thursday, for pulling out of the Super Cup in March-April.

Churchill Brothers, Gokulam Kerala FC and Neroca FC were the other three clubs fined Rs 10 lakh each.

The Committee did not give any decision against Mohun Bagan and referred the case for arbitration since the...

'The least we can give the new coach is a fitter team'

AIFF officially announced the appointment of Igor Stimac as head coach of the Indian national men's football team, on Wednesday. Ahead of his hiring, ESPN had spoken to the national team's talisman Sunil Chhetri on the prospect of Stimac taking over, the legacy of Stephen Constantine, and what the new coach can expect from the players. 

Excerpts from the interview:

On how hard it would be for Stimac to make an immediate impact

I think the first tournament will be a little difficult for him...

Mohun Bagan appoint Spaniard Kibu Vicuna as head coach

Mohun Bagan announced the appointment of 47-year-old Spaniard Kibu Vicuña as their head coach for the 2019-20 season on Friday. 

Vicuña, an UEFA Pro Licence holder, comes after his stint at Wisla Plock in the Poland First Division league 'Ekstraklasa', and he will succeed Khalid Jamil.

Vicuña has a wealth of experience in coaching in Spain and Poland and he won the Polish League and the Polish Cup in 2012-13 as part of Legia Warsaw's coaching staff.

"We have spoken with...

IM Vijayan at 50: Celebrating one of India's greatest

As any Indian football fan growing up in the 1990s would vouch for, the Kerala Police team that won back-to-back Federation Cup titles at the start of the decade was a dream team. Their young striker, IM Vijayan, who turns 50 today, stood out even then -- lithe of frame, but an outrageous talent in attack.

He made headlines immediately, among one of the first players from that team poached by a bigger club, as Mohun Bagan took him away almost immediately after the 1991 final was won against the...